New locker rooms at Hulman Center would be 'game changers'
Over the past few years, the Hulman Center has been transformed by a $50-million state-funded renovation and new video boards made possible by a $2 million donation from the Hulman-George family.
The next piece of the puzzle!
There is, however, another project left to fund: updated locker rooms. A vision for the project has been developed by RATIO Architects.
As part of the Be So BOLD fundraising campaign that will benefit ISU and its students in myriad ways, the Sycamore athletic department is seeking $2 million for updated locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a film room, and athletic training space at Hulman Center.
Making it happen would help keep the men’s and women’s basketball programs competitive in the Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA Division I athletics. ISU basketball player Cooper Neese said a locker room is more than just a room. “As a player, it’s a big part of the recruiting process to showcase the culture of the team and make someone want to be there and be a part of what is being built,” Neese said.
Men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz said consistent success requires the ability to recruit and retain top student-athletes. “Without that there is no chance of sustained success,” Schertz explained, “and so our mission statement is quite simply to develop and care for our players at the highest level possible. That is the path to recruiting and retaining the type of talent and the type of character required to build a championship caliber program.”
“This new locker room will help us achieve both of those objectives as it will not only enhance our current student-athletes quality of life, but it will make us all the more attractive to potential recruits who visit our campus,” Schertz said. “College athletics has never been more competitive, we need to work together to create any edge we can get and this remodeled locker room will be an absolute game changer for our basketball program.”
Women’s basketball coach Chad Killinger said the recent renovations and new video boards make Hulman Center one of the best facilities in the MVC. “Being able to upgrade the locker rooms will out it over the top,” he said, “As far as amenities that will benefit our student-athletes and allow us to recruit and retain quality individuals. We spend a great deal of time in that facility during the season and being able to take care of the young women in our program with these additional improvements will allow us to continue to serve them in the best way possible.”